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Now that Angry Birds Star Wars is out in all of its glory, I just have to know: Is the Darth Vader character supposed to be a pig or a bird? He looks like a pig, but I haven't completed the game with all of its bonuses and haven't seen it mentioned anywhere.

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    @fbueckert Does it matter? Since when do we only ask questions with an impact on the gameplay? – GnomeSlice Nov 8 '12 at 21:37
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    FAQ If your question generally covers things such as... Plot and characters in games …then you are in the right place to ask your question! If this is not a question about plot/character, feel free to close/delete it. – mmdanziger Nov 8 '12 at 21:45
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    I honestly don't see why this question should be closed. It's a question about the plot. Allowing these types of questions does not harm the site as long as they don't become the majority. Further reading – user56 Nov 8 '12 at 22:29
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    Voting to re-open. This question is about an in-game character which, a mmdanziger already pointed out, is on-topic as outlined in our FAQ. – Wipqozn Nov 8 '12 at 22:29
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    All of the above having been said, I won't vote to close this question. I will however downvote it. It's dumb, shows poor research effort, and is unlikely to help future visitors. – LessPop_MoreFizz Nov 9 '12 at 0:41
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In a shocking twist, Lard Vader is unveiled to be: The mask removed... And Lard Vader has embraced his bird roots once again

A bird in a pig mask!

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Birds are the Light Side and the Rebel Alliance, pigs are the Dark Side and the Empire. As such, Darth Vader is a pig-equivalent. Behold the trailer:

At 31 seconds in, the gameplay footage clearly demonstrates Darth Vader's pig-itude.

Additionally, at 23 seconds in, this adorable "unboxing" video of Hasbro's Angry Birds Star Wars toys shows the packaging labels Darth Vader as "Darth Vader Pig":

Moreover, the game only includes levels that feature:

  • Tatooine
  • The first Death Star encounter
  • Hoth (eventually via a free update)
  • Dagobah (via in-app purchase)

Meaning it stops around halfway though the plot to The Empire Strikes Back. If there is an eventual redemption for the Darth Vader pig or a twist ending regarding his true nature, it's not in this game, or at the very least, not in this game yet.

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    Yah, but the question asks whether he's a bird if/when he removes his mask... – bwarner Nov 8 '12 at 22:55
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    @bwarner That was added afterwards as a justification to prevent closure (which it doesn't need). Nevertheless, I've updated my answer. – user3389 Nov 8 '12 at 23:07
  • One of the official twitter accounts said something about fear leading to anger leading to birds, or something along those lines.... – Matthew Read Nov 9 '12 at 14:44
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Darth Vader pig is actually a bird other than the picture if you saw the Star wars prequel episodes 1 and 2 they don't mention Darth Vader because he is Anakin Skywalker and in episode 3 he turned to the dark side got burnt and got put in the suit the end

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    Would you mind elaborating on why the original Star Wars lore is relevant...? – obskyr Jan 21 '14 at 23:07

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